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The eas­i­est way to prop­a­gate ner­ines is to split clumps of bulbs in spring. Three or four years af­ter plant­ing, the bulbs should have mul­ti­plied well and pro­duced lots of baby bulbs, called ‘off­sets’. They are sim­ply prised away from the main bulb and planted in the same way as the orig­i­nal bulbs. Newly planted off­sets may take three or four years to flower while the young bulbs build up their en­ergy re­serves. Ner­ines are also easy to prop­a­gate from seed. If the flow­ers are left on the plant, they will de­velop fat seed­pods, which look sim­i­lar to grapes. If left in­tact on the plant, they will nat­u­rally pro­duce seedlings, which can be pulled off and pot­ted into a mix of two parts John Innes No. 2 com­post and one part grit. They are grown on in a cold green­house or on an un­heated win­dowsill through the win­ter and planted out in the garden or in con­tain­ers in the fol­low­ing spring. They should flower three years af­ter plant­ing.

A strong-growing Ner­ine bow­denii ‘Well­sii’ seed­head with its clus­ter of seed­pods.

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